Drop Front Secretary Desk Louis Philippe Style, France 1840
We can determine its place of origin because of a gold embossed coat of arms on the green leather of the writing top’s working surface. It shows the city arms of Strasbourg and a view of Strasbourg cathedral.
The walnut veneer on the outside of the secretaire is gorgeous and the pattern of the wood grain is beautiful.
Additionally, the cabinet maker embellished his masterpiece with small details like the flower intarsia in the corners on both sides of the writing flap or the curved feet with a volute intarsia. Furthermore, the interior which is decorated with maple root veneer has six small drawers and an open compartment.
The Louis Philippe Style
Louis Philippe furniture is an eclectic mix of elements from various styles, notably French neoclassicism and neo-Gothic.
For the first time, the developing upper class–not the monarchy–influenced the progression of this style’s characteristics.
However, King Louis Philippe’s personality still inspired many aspects. His casual nature reflected this style’s informal, comfortable build.
Fine furniture no longer was restricted to royalty and aristocrats. Designs turned from extravagant and formal to refined and polished.
Furniture was functional and elegant. These characteristics have helped contribute to the style’s longevity.
Louis Philippe furniture characteristics include clean, rounded, gentle lines (doucine) and sparse adornment.
Dark woods like mahogany, rosewood, walnut were the most popular materials. A focal point of Louis Philippe furniture is the color and grain of the woods used for constructing pieces.
For further information about the history and characteristics of the Louis Philippe style Also read our blog.
The Louis Philippe drop front secretary desk comes refinished and all pieces are original. It measures Height: 58.67 in. (149 cm), Width: 41.34 in., (105 cm), Depth: 17.33 in. (44 cm). The secretary desk ships from Germany and includes shipping costs to Boston.
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